Kravitz: "Your Vote for Jim Crawford Will Be One for Experience and Judgment"

"I ask voters of all parties to vote to keep America moving forward towards opportunity for all, justice for all and a sustainable future. Jim will fight for those values.'


This letter is written by Alan Kravitz:

Jim Crawford has demonstrated the skills and values required to be the Senator representing the people of the 33rd Senate District.  He listens to his constituents and acts on their concerns not on ideology.

Jim’s approach was honed by serving the community as a member of numerous Boards and Commissions, as a Selectman, and most recently as State Representative.

Your vote on November 6th for Jim Crawford will be one for experience and judgment not conservative ideology or a single issue.

We face a clear choice in the 33rd and in the state and nation: I ask voters of all parties to vote to keep America moving forward towards opportunity for all, justice for all and a sustainable future. Jim will fight for those values.

I also ask those who share my concern for the environment not to waste their critical votes on a third party candidate. I am a Democrat who has voted for independent and third party candidates but I have tried not to waste my vote on a spoiler.

-- Alan Kravitz

Bruce Farmer October 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Art Linares has known about the boat tax issue for years - he has been involved in the boating industry for years - ask him. We are talking about loosing thousands of jobs if the boats leave Ct. The biggest issues are Jobs and the economy in our district where Mr. Crawford represents us and his voting record is frankly terrible !! We should only spend the money that we have in this state. We can not continue to borrow and spend . All the issues that Mr. Kravitz mentions are valid regarding seniors,health care,infrstructure,education, etc. They are very important but in order to do more in those areas - first and foremost we must increase revenues by jump starting our districts businesses with incentives and tax breaks so that we can create more jobs and improve the economy. If Mr. Crawford worked for a corporation - I'm afraid he would loose his job based on his decisions and reckless spending to date. Our district deserves better !!
Jay October 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Linares keeps claiming all sorts of secret knowledge and accomplishments. He "ran " a gift wrap company, he established a solar power company and he knew about the boat tax issue which only came to life, again, last year when, upon request, Governor Malloy had Speaker of the House Donavan and Senate Pres Williams intro a bill Restoring the boat tax to Ct. It was dropped back in the early 70's because the marinas refused to identify boat owners to the tax collector - literally.. The new proposed bill would have share some of the proposed taxes and Taxed planes - interesting I did not know those toys were also untaxed - and like dredging for boats ordinary CT also citizens pay for airports -- with their taxes. The 1011 boat/plan tax bill disappeared - and is would behoove either set of candidates to explain 1. who and why the bill was killed last year and 2. Promise to introduce it again next year on the first day of the session. PS > Daddy set up the gift wrap franchise and the solar power company - with low balled Chinese imported solar units imports and lot's of contacts via partner Robert Landino, former Democratic State Rep from Westbrook.
alan kravitz October 24, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I have been working on a well-drafted bill to tax boating for quite a while. Last years bill would have sent the tax revinues to the communities where the owners of the boats reside not to those shoreline and river communities where the boats reside . The benefits would go to more afflent communities and not those who provide municipal services to marinas or encourage marine related activities that are less productive from a revinue point of view. Boats kept on registered trailers would be taxed in the towns where they are garaged. The argument about revinues and business being lost because of the migration of boats is spurious. If we taxed boats and boat services the surrounding states which also need revinue would probably do the same. Furthermore, boat owners want their craft to be located close to their residences for easy access: boats are not as mobile as the industry argues. We lost these revinue sources because of direct action and lobbying by the marine related industries; we will probably have to use the same tactics to get it back. What we are talking about is not more tax but shifting part of the local tax burden to those with deeper pockets and those who depend on local roads, dredging and other services.
Jay October 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM
the problem is getting non boating area reps and senators to vote for a bill that would only return money to host towns. What happened to last year's bill and who killed it?
Bruce Farmer October 25, 2012 at 04:13 AM
The boater tax will never pass - Mr.Crawford is NOT in favor of it either.


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